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Texas Education Agency leaves decision about mask requirements up to local school boards

The Texas Education Agency says it will leave the decision about mask requirements up to local...
The Texas Education Agency says it will leave the decision about mask requirements up to local school boards after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he’s ending the statewide mask mandate.(WTVG)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 2:40 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 3:16 PM CST
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - The Texas Education Agency Wednesday said it will leave the decision about mask requirements up to local school boards after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he’s ending the statewide mask mandate.

“The governing board of a school system may modify or eliminate by formal action…mask-related requirements,” the TEA’s updated Public Health Guidance says.

“Under this updated guidance, a public school system’s current practices on masks may continue unchanged,” the TEA said Wednesday.

“Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy.”

Abbott issued a new executive order Tuesday lifting most of the restrictions included in earlier orders including the statewide mask mandate and restrictions on business capacity.

“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said.

School officials Tuesday generally said they were awaiting guidance from the TEA before making a decision about mask requirements.

The Rogers ISD, however, said in a social media post Tuesday it “will no longer require students or staff members to wear a mask at school or school events.”

Students and staff may wear masks at their own discretion, the school said.

Daily morning temperature checks have been discontinued.

The Killeen ISD isn’t planning any immediate changes, Superintendent Dr. John Craft said Wednesday.

“At this point, no changes are being recommended or made to our Public Health Guide regarding the requirement of face coverings. I have analyzed and will continue to analyze this matter from all angles with the health, safety, and welfare of all remaining my highest priority.”

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